Albuquerque teen silenced by theft


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family is voicing their frustrations after thieves stole electronics that their son desperately needs.

The 13-year-old has Down Syndrome and used the tablets and laptops to learn and more importantly help him communicate.

It happened in broad daylight. Thieves broke into the back door of their Academy Acres home, stealing vital electronics. These are tools that help 8th grader Jonathan Leon Guerrero get by every day.

Jonathan and his mother, April, sit on the couch in the morning waiting for the school bus to arrive recalling the moments Jonathan came home to closet doors open, clothes thrown everywhere and jewelry boxes emptied.

“He was unable to verbalize what he had seen that the house had been ransacked. He knew something was wrong,” said April Leon Guerrero.

Thieves broke into their home last week, swiping anything they could get their hands on; two Samsung tablets, an iPad, a cell phone, laptop, and more small electronics.

April says the crooks will probably sell them to make a quick buck but says those items have a lot more value to them. That tablet with the green cover is what’s most important.

“He has Down Syndrome so it helps him with reading, writing and math of course,” said Leon Guerrero.

April says Jonathan doesn’t just use the tablet to learn, he sometimes uses it to communicate by pulling up pictures or spelling out words.

April says that’s not the only thing they lost.

“It’s your sense of security for your family, your children you lose. That’s the scary thing and it’s hard to get past,” April said.

They are now getting a security system installed. The back door, where the crooks broke in, is also getting tossed as they try to get rid of the bad memories.

April’s family were the only ones burglarized that day but she wants to make sure people in the Academy Acres neighborhood are aware and stay vigilant.

April and her family are not asking for donations but if you would like to help Jonathan, any tablet will do.

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